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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.More from Pop Culture Happy Hour »

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Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson on Mr. Robot.

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Mr. Robot and Title Sequences

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Chris Klimek discuss the summer hit series Mr. Robot. Then they'll discuss title sequences, and share some of their favorites from both television and film. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Kanye West accepts the Video Vanguard award at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards.

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Small Batch: The 2015 Video Music Awards

Even if you didn't watch Sunday night's VMAs— especially if you didn't watch — we've got good conversation about Kanye's speech, Miley's hosting, and even who won the awards at the awards show.

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Oscar Isaac and Carla Quevedo star in the HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero.

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Show Me A Hero And Summer Stuff We Missed

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, and Stephen Thompson talk about the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero. Then they'll chat about pop culture we missed, including a look back at their box office predictions and a discussion of the song of the summer. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Oh, sure, they got a trophy. But did they earn it?
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The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?

In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the recent controversy over an athlete's decision to return his children's participation trophies.

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MC Ren (Aldis Hodge), DJ Yella (Neil Brown, Jr.), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) and Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) form the NWA hip hop group in Straight Outta Compton.

MC Ren (Aldis Hodge), DJ Yella (Neil Brown, Jr.), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) and Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) form the NWA hip hop group in Straight Outta Compton. Jaimie Trueblood/Courtesy of Universal Pictures hide caption

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Straight Outta Compton And Too Much TV

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Audie Cornish, and Code Switch's Gene Demby discuss the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. And since Linda is just back the TCA tour, they'll discuss if there is too much television. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in The End Of The Tour.

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Small Batch: David Foster Wallace And The End Of The Tour

In in Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Katie Presley discuss the new film, which is based on a series of interviews between David Lipsky and the late writer David Foster Wallace.

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Brett Favre serves as a sturdy metaphor for, well, a lot of things.

Brett Favre serves as a sturdy metaphor for, well, a lot of things. Mark Konezny/NFL Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre

In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby tackle the many metaphors at the heart of the retired quarterback's public persona.

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What's a ferris-wheel ride without the sweet sounds of REO Speedwagon?
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Difficult People And Amusement Parks

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, Margaret Willison, and Code Switch's Gene Demby tackle a new Hulu comedy starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner. Then they'll discuss outdoor entertainment: theme parks, water parks, Disney World, you name it. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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From left: Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Sue Storm (Kate Mara) in the new Fantastic Four.

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Small Batch: Fantastic Four

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss the latest attempt to turn the Marvel Comics super-team into a blockbuster film franchise.

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Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp.

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Wet Hot American Summer And Mission: Impossible

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Chris Klimek discuss an unlikely Netflix prequel, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp.

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